This iconic bridge ranks with the greatest for its elegance and place in the heart of New Yorkers. It was not the first suspension bridge, but it defined the architectural form for countless other, less majestic, bridges throughout the world. Cars drive on the lower level, while the upper level is reserved for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. I rode across the Brooklyn Bridge on my bike going to work for 34 years. I long ago felt it was not a bridge but poetry.